Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Full-flavor Smokehouse Vegan Burgers

I found this recipe by actor Milan Ross who went vegan for health reasons.  I made the patties a day before cooking them and just kept them in the fridge.  If you don't have Smoked Salt and Pepper, just add a dash of Liquid Smoke.  I'll be making these again soon.

Full-flavor Smokehouse Vegan Burgers
The Change Cookbook - adapted

1            cup unsalted raw walnuts
1/2         cup uncooked quick-cooking oats
1            medium white onion, finely chopped
4            cloves garlic
1            Portobello mushroom, stemmed and finely chopped
1            tsp. chopped fresh thyme
1/2         medium beet grated (I used 1 cooked & marinated beet finely chopped)
1            15 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/4          teaspoon smoked salt (I used a dash of liquid smoke)
1/2         cup cooked brown rice
3            tablespoons commercial smoky BBQ sauce
1/4         teaspoon pepper
1/4         teaspoon garlic powder
1/8         teaspoon oregano
****I added approximately 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

Buns and fixin’s

Place the walnuts in a dry skillet, and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the nuts are fragrant and golden.  Transfer to a food processor

Place the oats in the skillet, and toast over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.  Add to the food processor, and pulse the mixture until you have a fine meal.  Set aside.

Lightly spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray, and heat to medium heat.  Add the onions and sauté, stirring frequently, until translucent.  Add the garlic, mushrooms, and thyme, and cook until the mushrooms are soft.  Remove from the heat, and stir in the grated beet until it release it’s color.  Set aside.  I just added the chopped marinated beat to the mixture.

Place the kidney beans and smoked salt (or liquid smoke) in a large mixing bowl, and mash until only a few beans remain whole.  Add the cooked brown rice, reserved walnut mixture, reserved mushroom mixture, BBQ sauce, and spices, and mix thoroughly until you’ve formed a moldable dough. 

Preheat a grill pan.  Divide the burger mixture into 8 equal portions, and mold into patties.  Arrange the patties on outdoor grill or grill pan, and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, searing grill marks into each side.

Dress and serve.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Singapore Noodles with Tofu

Singapore Noodles with Tofu
Food Network Magazine

8            ounces thin rice noodles
1/4         cup vegetable oil
1            14-oz. package firm tofu, cut into 1/2” cubes
Kosher salt
4            scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces
2            stalks celery, thinly sliced
2            tablespoons Madras curry powder
3            tablespoons soy sauce
1/2         cup low-sodium vegetable broth
Juice of 1/2 lime plus wedges for serving
1            cup mung bean sprouts

***Add more liquid if you like a soupier dish.

Put the noodles in a large bowl, cover with hot water and soak until just softened, about 4 minutes.  Drain and rinse under cold water; set aside.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat.  Add he tofu in a single layer and cook, undisturbed, until golden on the bottom, about 4 minutes.  Toss gently with a spatula and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden all over, about 4 more minutes; season with salt.  Add 1 more tablespoon vegetable oil, the scallions celery and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.  Add 1 tablespoon curry powder and season with salt; stir until the vegetables are coated and the curry powder is lightly toasted, about 1 minute.  Transfer the tofu and vegetables to a bowl.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon curry powder to the skillet.  Add the drained noodles and cook, tossing, until they turn yellow, 1-2 minutes.  Add the tofu mixture, soy sauce and vegetable broth and cook, tossing, until most of the liquid evaporates, 1-2 minutes.  Stir in the lime juice and season with salt.  Top each serving with the bean sprouts and serve with lime wedges.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Tempeh Fajita Rice Bowls

You can add whatever you like to a rice bowl.  The rice is the base of the meal then you can add
as you go.  If you don't like beans, just leave them out or add some chopped tomato and green onions.
If you can't find Temphe, just fry up some tofu -- get creative!

Tempeh Fajita Rice Bowls

1            cup basmati or brown rice  (cook to package directions)
kosher sale
2            bell peppers (any color you like), cut into thick strips
1            large onion in thick rings
3            tablespoons olive oil
freshly ground pepper
1            pkg. Tempeh  (boiled for approximately 5 min. to remove bitterness)
1            can black beans
1            tablespoon fajita seasoning
juice 1/2 lime
1            cup fresh cilantro
1            avacado, sliced
1/2         cup vegan sour cream
 cup pico de gallo or salsa

Cook Tempeh in boiling water for approximately 5 minutes, set aside to cool.

Cook rice according to pkg. directions.

Sauce:  put a couple bell pepper strips and 2 outer onion strips in a blender, set aside.

Cut Tempeh in strips and cook in oiled and heated skillet or stove top grill.  Add fajita seasoning, salt and pepper.   Cook until browned.  Take off grill and set aside.

Add a bit more oil to skillet and add onions and bell pepper.  Cook until slightly charred in spots or if using a skillet, tender.  Set aside and squirt with lime juice.

Sauce:  I played around with the sauce a bit and actually added 1/2 avocado, lime juice, 1 garlic clove and water until it reached a desired consistency.  Start with 1/4 cup water and go from there.  Add cilantro for final blend.

Fluff the rice with a fork and stir in the cilantro puree or add it to the entire fixed bowl.   Top bowl with some black beans, onion and pepper mixture and cooked Tempeh.

Top with vegan sour cream and salsa.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Date Nut Bread

This is a healthy bread for breakfast but also fills in quite nicely as an afternoon snack with a cup of tea.

Date Nut Bread
Nom Yourself CB by Mary Mattern

1            cup dates, pitted and chopped
1            cup boiling water
2            cups sifted unbleached all-purpose flour
1            tablespoon baking powder
1            teaspoon baking soda
1/2         teaspoon sea salt
1/2         teaspoon ground flaxseed meal
3            tablespoons water
2            tablespoons granulated sugar
1            tablespoon vegan margarine, melted
1            teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4         pure maple syrup
1/4         cup strong coffee
1/4         cup chopped walnuts  (I used 1/2 cup)
1/4         cup chopped pecans  (I used 1/2 cup)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease 9 x 5 x 3” loaf pan and set aside

In small bowl, combine the dates and boiling water and let cool.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon and allspice.

In another small bowl, mix the flaxseed meal and water.  Let sit until the flaxseed meal absorbs the water.

Add the sugar, vegan margarine, and vanilla to the flaxseed meal mixture.  Beat for 1 minute.

Pour the flaxseed mixture and dates (with water) into the flour mixture.  Add the maple syrup, coffee, walnuts, and pecans.  Mix until well combined.

Pour the mixture into the prepared bread pan and bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into the center of the oaf comes out clean.

Let the bread cool to room temperature, then remove from the loaf pan and slice.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Buffalo Cauliflower Kale and Romaine Salad

This is from a fun new cookbook I purchased "Nom Yourself" and it's full of delicious looking recipes.  This is the first recipe I tried and it did not disappoint.  I would recommend making the dressing ahead of time and just keep in the fridge.  Can't wait to make this again.

Cauliflower Kale and Romaine Salad
Nom Yourself Cookbook by Mary Mattern
Slightly Modified

1             cup water
3/4          cup sifted unbleached all-purpose flour
1  1/2      teaspoons garlic powder
1             teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1            medium head of cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces
coconut oil cooking spray
2            tablespoons coconut oil
1/2         cup hot sauce (we used a local restaurants homemade sweet hot sauce)
4-6         cups chopped kale and romaine leaves
              sesame seeds for topping
              sliced green onions for topping
              Buttermilk Ranch Dip  (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Mix the water, flour, garlic powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

Spray baking pan (original recipe suggested parchment paper but the
     Cauliflower ended up sticking to the paper and was difficult to remove)

Dip each piece of cauliflower into the batter and shake all excess batter off.  Then place the pieces on the baking sheet.  Spray the tops of the cauliflower with coconut oil cooking spray. Do this lightly by holding the bottle about a foot from the cauliflower.

Bake for 17 minutes.

While the cauliflower is cooking, melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add the hot sauce and stir.  Once combined, remove the pan from the heat
When the cauliflower is ready, put the florets in a heat-safe bowl and pour the hot sauce mixture over them.  Toss to coat.

Place the cauliflower back on the baking pan or parchment paper and bake for another 5 minutes.

Chop the Kale and Romaine and place on platter.  Top greens with Cauliflower and drizzle with Vegan Ranch Dressing.

Buttermilk Ranch Dip
Makes 2 cups  (I cut in half for this salad)

1  1/2        cups vegan mayonnaise
1/2            teaspoon garlic powder
1/2            teaspoon onion powder
1/4            teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2               teaspoons dried parsley
1/4            cup unsweetened almond milk  (add a little at a time so doesn’t get to thin)
1               teaspoon apple cider vinegar
                 salt to taste

Whisk the vegan mayo, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, parsley, almond milk, and apple cider vinegar in a medium bowl.

If the dip is too thin, add more vegan mayo.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew with Kale

I realize it's not "Soup Season" but when you have a couple days that are 70 degrees and the nights dip into the 60's,  why not live on the edge and make a nice, spicy pot of soup.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tempeh Nachos with Vegan Queso

No real recipe for the nachos except for the Queso that I topped them off with.

1     pkg. Tempeh, boiled for a few minutes then chopped
       (sautéed Tempeh with taco seasoning in olive oil until browned)
1     can refried pinto beans, heated
1     tomato
       chopped onion
       guacamole (1 avocado, onion and cilantro)

Placed corn tortillas on baking sheet and layered with refried beans, tempeh and onion.
Baked at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.  Removed from oven and topped with
tomato and queso and a big dollop of guacamole.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Vegan Queso

I haven’t purchased a new cookbook since I did a major purge but this one is worth it.  Lots of ideas and most recipes aren’t too complicated or time consuming and the photos are lovely!  We used the vegan Queso over a big plate of Tempeh Nachos.

Vegan Queso
Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking

3            tablespoons vegan butter or oil
4            cloves garlic, minced
1/4            cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 & 1/4-2            cups unsweetened plain almond milk or other nut/soy milk
1/2            cup nutritional yeast  (can purchase at health food stores or Whole Foods)
1/2            teaspoon sea salt
1/4            teaspoon ground cumin
1/4            teaspoon chili powder
1            tablespoon maple syrup or substitute with organic cane sugar
***1/4 hot sauce – optional

***   I added 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Once hot, add the vegan butter and let it melt and start to sizzle, about 1 minute.

Add the garlic and stir to disperse.  Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently, then reduce the heat if the garlic starts to brown too quickly.

Add the flour 1 tablespoon at a time and whisk.  Cook for 1 minute, then whisk in the almond milk 1/2 cut at a time until it no longer looks thick and lumpy,  about 1 1/4 cups total.  (We made ours a little saucier for the nachos).

Cook in the skillet for 2 minutes, then transfer to the bowl of a high-speed blender.  Add the nutritional yeast, salt, cumin, chili powder, maple syrup, and hot sauce or cayenne pepper.  Blend on high until creamy and smooth.

Taste and adjust the seasonings and liquid.  Transfer back to the skillet and simmer on low for 5 minutes, stirring often, to thicken.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Curry Baked Tofu Salad

Whole Foods makes a Seitan salad you can buy in the deli so I tried to recreate the flavors using Baked Tofu instead.  You can try all different spices if you like a different flavor.  If the dressing dries up a bit while sitting in the fridge, just add a bit
of Agave to freshen up.   This can be eaten alone or on a bed of your favorite greens.

Curry Baked Tofu Salad

1            8 oz. pkg. baked tofu
2            green onions, diced
1            small celery rib, diced
1/3         cup raisins
1/3         cup slivered almonds

              dash of liquid smoke
1            teaspoon curry powder
1/2         teaspoon paprika
1/2         teaspoon garlic powder
1/2         teaspoon onion powder
1/4         teaspoon ginger powder
1            teaspoon oil
1            tablespoon agave
1            tablespoon white or apple cider vinegar
1/2         tablespoon lemon juice
1/2         tablespoon molasses

Prepare your salad items and put in a medium bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix the dressing ingredients together.  Mix the dressing with the Tofu and refrigerate.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Portobello "Steak" Wraps

Portobello “Steak” Wraps

2            medium Portobello mushrooms
2            tablespoons olive oil
2            medium peppers (orange, red), sliced
1            large sweet onion, thinly sliced
1            clove garlic, minced
1/2         teaspoon salt
1/4         teaspoon ground black pepper
1            tablespoon balsamic vinegar
4            flour tortillas
              vegan mozzarella cheese
              vegan cream cheese (optional)

Heat nonstick 12-inch skillet over medium heat until hot.  Brush both slides of mushrooms using 1 tablespoon oil.  Add mushrooms to skillet and cook until tender and lightly browned, about 10 minutes, turning once.  Transfer mushrooms to cutting board and cut into 1/4” thick slices; set aside.

In same skillet, heat remainig oil over medium heat until hot.   Add peppers, onions, garlic, salt and pepper; cook until vegetables are tender (mine were a bit al dente).
Stir in vinegar; remove skillet from heat.  Gently stir in sliced portobellos.

Spread tortillas on a baking sheet.  Layer with a coating of vegan cream cheese (if using) then the veggie/mushroom mixture and top with a sprinkling of vegan mozzarella. 

Put open tortillas under the broiler, just until vegan cheese is melted.

Remove, roll up and cut in half.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Mexican Style Pinto Beans

We made Tostadas with Mexican Style Pinto Beans as the base.  One Tostada consisted of Mexican Pinto Beans layered with tangy slaw and avocado, the other had a layer of vegan chorizo, melted vegan cheese and avocado.   The beans took the Tostadas to another level!

Mexican Style Pinto Beans

1            pound pinto beans, soaked overnight in cool water (or for at least 6 hrs)
1            tablespoon
1/2         white onion, diced
3            large cloves garlic, minced
1            pinch each sea salt and black pepper, plus more to taste
1            vegetable bullion or 1 cup vegetable broth
1            tablespoon ground cumin
1            tablespoon chili powder
1            jalapeno chile, finely chopped (optional)

Add pinto beans to a large pot and cover with cool water.  Soak for at least 6 hours or overnight uncovered at room temperature.  Once beans are soaked, drain and set aside.

Heat your large pot over medium heat.  Once hot, add olive oil, diced onion and garlic, and season with healthy pinch each salt and pepper.  Stir to coat and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until onion is soft and translucent.

Next, add drained beans and bouillon cube and cover with water about 2 inches over the top, as the beans will expand while cooking.  If using vegetable broth in place of a bouillon cube, add vegetable broth first, and then water so you don’t add too much liquid.

Add jalapeño (if using), stir and bring to low boil.  Then reduce heat to low or medium-low and simmer for 400-45 minutes, or until beans are tender.

Once the beans are tender and cooked through add remaining seasons:  Salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder.  Stir to coat and cook on low for 10 more minutes to let the flavors meld.

To make refried beans

Add 1/2 cup finely chopped onion and cook 2-3 minutes, until browned.
Add 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic and cook 30 seconds.
Add 2 cups cooked beans and 1/3 to 1/2 bean liquid to skillet.
Mash beans and liquid coarsely with back of wooden spoon or potato masher.

Cook 1-2 minutes more, until heated through, adding more bean liquid or water if needed.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Creamy Tomato Soup

This recipe requires soaking Cashews for at least three hours.

Creamy Tomato Soup
Serves 4-6
Food52 Vegan by Gena Hamshaw

3/4         cup cashew pieces, soaked in water for at least 3 hours and drained
1/2         cup soy or nut milk
1/2         cup vegetable broth
3            tablespoon nutritional yeast
2            tablespoons olive oil
1            white or yellow onion, coarsely chopped
4            garlic cloves, chopped
2            14.5 cans crushed or diced tomatoes or 1 28. oz. can
            (I used one can of fire roasted tomatoes – turned out pretty spicy
1/4         cup tomato paste
1            teaspoon dried oregano
1/2         teaspoon dried thyme
              Pinch of red pepper (if using fire roasted tomatoes, I’d skip this)
              Salt to taste
 cup chopped fresh basil

Put the cashews, vegan milk, broth and nutritional yeast in a blender or food processor and process until completely smooth (which may take a few minutes), stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the blender jar.

Heat the olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat.  Add the onion and sauté until tender and translucent, about 8 minutes.  Add the garlic and sauté until very fragrant, 2 or 3 minutes.

Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, thyme, pepper flakes and the blended cashew mixture.  Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through and thickening slightly.

Using an immersion blender (or regular blender and working in batches), blend until smooth and creamy, then season with salt to taste.  Just before serving, stir in the basil.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Drunken Noodles

I looked up several recipes for Drunken Noodles and took a little from each.  You can make this dish with fried tofu as well but I decided to just do broccoli and add some
salty cashews to the mix.

Drunken Noodles
Serves 2

6            ounces dried flat rice noodles (the Pad Thai sort)

1            tablespoon Golden Mountain Seasoning Sauce(replaces oyster sauce)
1            teaspoon sesame oil
4            tablespoons rice vinegar
1/4         vegetable broth
1/4         cup tamari or soy sauce
4            tablespoons brown sugar
2            teaspoons peeled and finely grated ginger
1-2         cloves garlic minced
1            lime
              red pepper flakes ( I used 1/2-1 teaspoon)
              hot sauce (optional)
              handful of chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
              handful of salted cashews (optional)

              broccoli  or fried tofu or both!

Cook the rice noodles in hot water for 8 minutes or following the package instructions then drain and refresh under cold running tap.  Since we will stir-fry the noodles, you can under cook a bit.

Whisk Drunken Noodle sauce together and season to taste.  Pour sauce over cold noodles and let sit while you heat up for wok or pan.  Add a bit of oil to pan, add cut up broccoli to pan and sauté, once soft, add noodles with sauce. 

Give it all a good sautéing until sauce becomes a bit sticky and all the broccoli is coated.  Add salted cashews to the serving bowls.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

BBQ Tofu Sandwiches

I think it's worth it to make some home made coleslaw to add to the sandwich.  I just bought shredded cabbage, added vegan mayo, vinegar, sugar and green onion to my mixture.

BBQ Tofu Sandwiches
4 sandwiches

1            package (16 ounces) extra-firm tofu
1/4         cup ketchup
2            tablespoons Dijon Mustard
2            tablespoons soy sauce
1            tablespoon molasses
1            tablespoon grated, peeled fresh ginger
1/8         teaspoon cayenne pepper
2            garlic cloves, crushed with garlic press or finely minced
2            teaspoons sesame seeds
8            slices whole-grain or sprouted bread, toasted

            Top with tomato, lettuce or coleslaw

Drain tofu; wrap in clean dish towel. Place wrapped tofu in pie plate; top with a dinner plate.  Place 1-2 heavy cans on top of late to weight down tofu to extract excess water; set aside about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat broiler.  Coat rack in broiling pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In small bowl, combine ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, molasses, ginger, cayenne, and garlic, stirring until blended.

Remove plate and cans, unwrap tofu, and discard water in pie plate.  Place tofu on cutting board with a shorter side facing you.  Cut tofu lengthwise into 8 slices.

Put tofu slices on broiler pan or prepared baking pan, brush with BBQ sauce.  Place in broiler about 5 inches from source of heat and broil tofu until BBQ sauce looks dry, about 3-5 minutes.  With metal spatula, turn slices over; brush with remaining ketchup mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Broil tofu 3 minutes longer.

To serve, place 2 tofu slices on 1 slice of toasted bread.  Add coleslaw or other fixings.  If only making four sandwiches, add another layer of two pieces of tofu.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Spanish Quinoa with Olives

Spanish Quinoa with Olives
Food Network Magazine

Sauté 1 chopped onion and 2 minced garlic cloves in olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, 5 minutes.

Stir in 1 cup quinoa, 1 teaspoon tomato paste and 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric.

Add 1 & 1/2 cups water and 1 teaspoon kosher salt; bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low; cover and simmer until tender, 15 minutes.

Stir in 1/4 cup each pimiento-stuffed olives and chopped cilantro.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Latkes with Celery and Herbs

The key to making these little potato cakes is to diligently wring out the potatoes to remove as much water as possible!!  A big salad would make a delicious accompaniment.

Latkes with Celery and Herbs
Food Network Mag. Adapted

3           large russet potatoes (about 1 & 1/2 pounds), peeled
1           onion
1           clove garlic, finely grated
             Kosher salt
1/2        teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
             Freshly ground pepper
1/4        cup finely chopped celery
1/4        cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1           egg replacer (I used ground Flax – combine 1 T. ground flax with 3 T. water,
                                      stir well, place in fridge to set for 15 minutes)
1/4       cup all-purpose four
            peanut oil for frying
            Applesauce or vegan sour cream for serving

Grate the potatoes and onion on the large holes of a box grater into a colander; add the garlic and 1 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss.  Let sit 5  minutes, the wrap in a clean kitchen towel and wring out as much liquid as possible.  ***I did not wring out as much as I should have which led to soggy cakes – so wring, wring and wring!

Add the nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon pepper an all but about 1 tablespoon each of the chopped celery and parsley to the bowl.  Add the egg replacer and flour and stir until combined.  Form 1/4 cupfuls of the potato mixture into balls, then flatten between your palms to make tin 2-inch patties, transfer to a plate.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with paper towels.  Heat about 1/4 inch of peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; working in batches, add the latkes and fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side.  Remove to the prepared baking sheet to drain, then transfer to the oven to keep warm while you cook the next batch. 

Season with salt and top with the reserved celery and parsley.  Serve with the applesauce and vegan sour cream.